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May 21, 2013 11:59 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

May 22, 2013 2:16 PM
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.:

Riverhead voters approved the proposed $117.6 million budget, 1520-1252. Voters also approved Proposition 2, 1382-1266, which authorizes the district to establish a capital reserve fund for the purpose of renovating, or demolishing and rebuilding its bus storage and maintenance facility. Voters rejected Proposition 3, 1183-1413, which would have authorized the district to purchase two parcels of land in Riverside adjacent to the Phillips Avenue Elementary School for the purpose of possibly relocating its bus storage and maintenance facility.

Incumbent Amelia Lantz and newcomer Chris Dorr were elected to the Board of Education in a three-way race with incumbent Jeff Falisi. Ms. Lantz received 1,270 votes, Mr. Dorr received 1,423 votes and Mr. Falisi received 1,082.



UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.:

The Hampton Bays $47.1 million budget passed easily, with 934 votes in favor and 418 against. Voters also approved Proposition 2, 991-556, which will eliminate the bus route that serves kindergarten students who live within the mile radius of the Hampton Bays Elementary School.

Incumbent Richard Joslin was reelected to the Board of Education with 999 votes. Newcomer Kevin Springer will also join the board with 721 votes. Adam Ortiz received 622 votes.



Quogue voters approved the district’s $7.82 million budget, 82-10. Voters also approved Proposition 2, which authorizes the district to approve a tuition contract with the Westhampton Beach School District, by a margin of 86-5, and Proposition 3, which authorizes the school district to collect $546,946 from taxpayers that will be used to operate the Quogue Library, by a margin of 85-5.

Three candidates ran unopposed for three seats on the Board of Education. Incumbent Lauren Battista received 79 votes, incumbent Barbara Sartorius received 73 votes, and newcomer Joyce Flynn received 73 votes.



UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.:

Sag Harbor's $35.51 million budget passed comfortably, with 825 voters giving it a thumbs up and 377 opposing it.

Proposition 2—to keep in place the district's bus transportation policy—also passed easily, 865 to 309.

Proposition 3—to spend about $1.11 million to repair the Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle/High School gym roofs and Middle/High School bleachers, with $240,000 of the cost coming from the 2013-14 budget and $873,600 from a facilities renovation capital reserve fund—passed overwhelmingly, 910 to 268.

Daniel Hartnett, a past School Board member, will return to the board in July with a full, three-year term, raking in the most votes, 741, in a six-way race for four seats.

Incumbent Susan Kinsella, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term in September, won the second full term, with 696 votes.

David Diskin, a first-time challenger, came in third with 689 votes to earn a two-year unexpired term.

Board Vice President Chris Tice grabbed the final open seat, also a two-year unexpired term, with 680 votes.

Rounding out the field were Ed Drohan, an incumbent who will not retain his seat, with 514 votes and Tom Ré, a first-time candidate, with 423 votes.



UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.:

Eastport South Manor voters passed the $91.2 million spending plan with 1,045 voting in favor and 530 opposed. Proposition two, which will allow the transfer of $2.34 milion from th liability reserve fund to the retirement contributions reserve fund also passed, with 1,032 voting in favor and 514 opposed. The Library proposition also passed, with 1,252 in favor and 317 opposed.

In a highly contested Board of Education election, incumbents Karen Kesnig, who received 752 votes, and Marie Brown, who received 695 votes, will both keep their seats on the seven-member board. They will be joined by Nick Vero, who received 614 votes, and beat out Erik Lassen, with 506, John Squicciarini, 380, Ken Colvin, 321, Margot McGinniss, 299, Nicolette Krumholz, 273, and Stevenson Petit, 249.



UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.:

In East Quogue, voters rejected the proposed $23 million budget, 494-340. The district was just seven votes shy of reaching the 60 percent approval needed to pass the budget, which exceeded the state mandated 2-percent tax levy cap.

The Board of Education will head back to the drawing board to decide whether to draft a second, amended budget, or put the same budget up for a second vote. If the second vote fails, the district will be faced with adopted a zero percent tax levy increase, which will mean massive cuts to programs and staff.

Voters elected Carrie Bender, who received 513 votes, and Dianna Gobler, who received 488 votes, to the Board of Education. Incumbent Joseph Tsaveras received 387 votes, and did not retain his seat.

Voters approved Proposition 2, 725-107, which authorized the district to to approve a three year tuition contract for students in grades seven through 12 with the Westhampton Beach School District for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, and Proposition 3, 634-110, which authorize the district to collect $601,036 in taxes to allow district residents, who do not have their own library, to visit the Quogue, Westhampton Beach or Hampton Bays libraries.



UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.:

At Remsenburg-Speonk, voters approved the $12.8 million budget, 240-120. At the same time, district residents voted 322-37 in favor of continuing the tuition contract with Westhampton Beach and Eastport South Manor School Districts, and 294-65 no to maintain a contract with the Westhampton Free Library.

School Board candidates John Barry, who received 297 votes, and John Kern, who received 274 votes, will both be on the board next year.



UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.:

Voters in Westhampton Beach approved the $53.5 million budget on Tuesday night 493-200.

Voters also approved the library budget, 477-209.

Claire Bean will be joining the seven member Board of Education after receiving the most votes, with 459, and incumbent Halsey Stevens will retain his seat with 395 votes. Mr. Stevens narrowly beat out former board member Joyce Donneson, who collected 344 votes.



UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.:

Southampton voters approved the 2013-14 $61.9 million budget on Tuesday, 402-160.

Incumbent Christina Strassfield was also reelected to her second five-year term on the board, with 328 votes.

Voters also approved Proposition 2, 426-37, which would keep in place the district's bus fleet replacement program for another year, not exceeding $350,000, for the purchase of one bus and two vans; Proposition 3, 435-129, which authorizes the district to spend $1.5 in capital funds to continue to repair all three school buildings; Proposition 4, 413-150, which authorizes the spending of $398,320 for the district's participation in the Southampton Youth Association; Proposition 5, 345 to 212, which authorizes the spending of $326,509 for the district's participation in the Parrish Art Museum; and Proposition 6, 394-167, which would authorize the spending of $98,000 for the district's participation in the Southampton Historical Society.



UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.:

In Springs, Adam Wilson and Jeff Miller won two seats in a three-way race with Martin A. Drew Jr.. The district also approved a $25.4 million budget plan for 2013-14 by a margin of 383 yeas to 117 nays, according to School Principal Eric Casale.

Mr. Miller was the top vote-getter, amassing 437 votes. Mr. Wilson received 392 votes. Mr. Drew took 78 votes. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Miller replace School Board President Kathee Burke Gonzalez and board member Teresa Schurr, who did not reelection this year



UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.:

Bridgehampton voters approved a $11.2 million budget for the 2013-14 school year, 137-50, and elected two incumbents, Lawrence LaPointe with 143 votes, Gabriella Braia with 113 votes, and one newcomer, Jennifer Vinski with 147 votes. Ms. Braia will serve the balance of an unexpired term previously held by Elizabeth Kotz, beginning effective immediately. There were three write-in candidates: District Clerk Jeannine Stallings with 11 votes, Bruce Dombkowski with one vote and Philip Cammann with one vote.

Voters also approved Proposition 2, 139 to 48, which authorizes the district to levy $160,000 for participation in the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, and Proposition 3, 109 to 78, which will allow the district to change the maximum eligibility criteria for students in nine through 12 from 15 miles from their home to the school they attend to 25 miles, an estimated cost of $60,525.



UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.:

In Sagaponack, voters approved a $1.735 million budget, 42-2, with one abstention.

Incumbent Cathy Hatgistavrou, who ran unopposed for a three-year term was reelected, 44-1. This seat is at large. There were no write-in votes.



UPDATE 8:56 p.m.:

East Hampton School District voters approved a $64.2 million budget and elected three new School Board members out of a pool of six. Wendy Geehreng, J.P. Foster and Rich Wilson amassed the most votes, while Alison Anderson, the only incumbent, did not win a seat, nor did Nicholas Boland or Mary Ella Moeller.

The budget was approved by a margin of 561 to 122, according to District Clerk Kerri Stevens.

Ms. Geehreng took 450 votes, Mr. Foster 430, Mr. Wilson 302, Mr. Boland 277, Ms. Anderson 246 and Ms. Moeller 183.



UPDATE 8:36 p.m.:

Tuckahoe School District voters approved the 2013-14 $18.5 million budget on Tuesday night—244 to 142 votes.

School Board President Dr. Daniel Crough will return to his seat next school year, winning 219 votes. There were no write-in candidates.

All the additional propositions were passed as well: Proposition 2 giving the district the authority to contract with Southampton and Westhampton School Districts for the education for Tuckahoe students in ninth through twelfth grades, was passed 254 to 118; Proposition 3 authorizing the district to levy $55,473 to participate in the Southampton Youth Association, was passed 252 to 127; and Proposition 4, giving the district authorization to levy $7,688 for participation in the Parrish Art Museum, was passed 243 to 134.

"I'm relieved," Dr. Crough said about the approved budget. "I'm proud of the district and the hard work that has been put into education and how the staff has handled sacrifice. The community recognizes it is a team effort and the vote reflects the community's committment to citizenship. Every year this gets more and more important."



UPDATE 8:28 p.m.:

Amagansett voters approved a $10.2 million budget on Tuesday night, according to District Clerk Cheryl Bloecker. The budget passed by a vote of 127 to 25.

School Board members John Hossenlopp and Victoria Handy Smudzinski were reelected to their posts. Both ran unopposed. Mr. Hossenlopp recieved 102 votes. Ms. Smudzinski garnered 97 votes.

Voters also approved a proposal to use $225,000 in a capital reserve fund to upgrade security at the school.



UPDATE 8:25 p.m.:

The Montauk School District's $18.7 million budget was approved by voters on Tuesday night by a margin of 218 to 50, according to District Clerk Grace Lightcap.

Voters also elected Lee White to the School Board, over Honora Herlihy. Mr. White garnered 160 votes to Ms. Herlihy's 101 votes.

There were no write-in votes.



UPDATE 8:15 p.m.:

Wainscott voters approved an approximately $3.5 million 2013-14 budget on Tuesday evening, with 41 people voting in favor of the spending plan and 1 nay, according to District Clerk Mary McCaffrey.

Voters also elected William A. Babinski Jr. to serve on the School Board. Mr. Babinski ran unopposed for School Board member Nancy McCaffrey who is retiring this year. There were two write-in votes for Katherine Dickinson and Bill Costello.



ORIGINAL STORY:



School budget votes and elections are today. Voters in school districts across the East End will decide on school budgets and propositions, as well as elect members of their local school boards.

Voting times vary from district to district.

In East Hampton polls are open from 1 to 8 p.m. at East Hampton High School at 2 Long Lane.

In Springs, polls are open between 1 and 9 p.m. at the school at 48 School Street.

in Amagansett, polls are open from 2 to 8 p.m. at the school at 320 Main Street.

in Montauk, polls are open from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Montauk School gym at 50 South Dorset Road.

In Sag Harbor, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pierson Middle/High School gymnasium at 200 Jermain Avenue.

In Southampton, polls are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the intermediate school music room at 70 Leland Lane.

In Tuckahoe, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tuckahoe School Library at 468 Magee Street.

In Bridgehampton, polls are open between 2 and 9 p.m. in the Bridgehampton School gymnasium at 2685 Montauk Highway.

In Sagaponack, polls are open from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Sagaponack School Board’s annual organizational meeting at the school at 400 Sagg Main Street.

In Hampton Bays, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Middle School gymnasium at 70 Ponquogue Avenue.

In Westhampton Beach, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the large groups room at the high school at 49 Lilac Road.

In Quogue, polls are open from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Quogue School at 10 Edgewood Road.

In East Quogue, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the East Quogue School gymnasium at 6 Central Avenue.

In Remsenburg-Speonk, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the elementary school at 11 Mill Road.

In Riverhead, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Riley Avenue School at 374 Riley Avenue in Calverton, the Roanoke Avenue School at 549 Roanoke Avenue, the Riverhead High School at 700 Harrison Avenue and the Phillips Avenue School at 141 Phillips Avenue in Riverside.

In Eastport South Manor, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Board of Education room at the junior-senior high school at 543 Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville.

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Wish new people were voted in to the Esm board. The good old boys need to go!
By momom (25), Manorville on May 21, 13 10:47 PM
East quogue voters need to educate themselves. They overwhelmingly approved the contract to send EQ kids to westhampton for Upper grades, yet couldn't pass the budget. Westhampton isn't free people, it's half the entire school budget!
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 7:34 AM
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What people are clearly saying with their vote is that they do not want to stop kids from going to the best high school possible!
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on May 22, 13 8:20 AM
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Right, but if you are smart enough to know what the best choice is for the kids high school, you should be smart enough to educate yourself on what's in the budget. Westhampton will graduate around 45 EQ kids this year, but around 75 will be entering 7th grade next fall ... That's a net gain of 30 kids at around 30k apiece. That's why the cap had to be pierced. Yet now EQ will have to cut almost that exact dollar amount in programs and teachers to get the budget passed hopefully. That's just ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 8:25 AM
If they wanted the best school possible they would be going to a private school. Everybody wants everybody else to pay for their kids. They should be closing East Quogue school and sending them all to Westhampton it would be a helluva lot cheaper
By chief1 (2745), southampton on May 22, 13 8:53 AM
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By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 9:18 AM
Chief is one of those "patriots" who believes in "American Exceptionalism" but insist on belittling this country's greatest achievement - public education.

Small-minded, short-sighted people who are only concerned with tax dollars and deficits refuse to acknowledge that education is the key to America's future. They support tax breaks for oil companies, fake 501 political hacks and millionaires (none of which contribute to the growth of the middle class) but decry education and teachers. ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on May 22, 13 9:41 AM
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"diarrheic"
By PBR (4936), Southampton on May 22, 13 9:47 AM
My son attends WHBHS. I am not impressed at all. If you are not into athletics or you don't do well academically, it is a very poor school to attend. Ask how many programs they have for at-risk children and you will find the answer is ZERO. We have children who need these programs badly; children either diagnosed or undiagnosed with mental issues such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, and more. Children who are barely living above the poverty level and/or from broken familes; these are considered ...more
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 22, 13 9:54 AM
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I agree chief1........close the EQ School, save the monies on salaries, pensions, and upkeep on the EQ Elementary School. Send all the EQ children to WHB Schools. The parents want their children to attend WHB anyway....this small elementary school has become a bottomless pit for those of us who no longer have children in it.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 10:45 AM
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And therein lies the problem. For those of us who no longer have children in the school. A case of it doesn't affect me so screw you. I bet you voted yes every year you had kids in school.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 11:57 AM
I bet it is cheaper to close the EQ Elementary School and pay the tuition for between 400 - 450 students. They can all go to WHB Schools since they "appear" to be rated so high in their academic scores. Consolidation seems to be the only viable option to curtail costs associated with the EQ Elementary School Budgets.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 12:06 PM
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I believe it would be exactly the same amount! We have 437 children in the EQ Elementary School. We have almost the exact number of students in the WHB Middle and High Schools. A full half of our budget goes to WHB. That means the other half stays at our school. If we send our elementary school children to WHB Elementary (which by the way doesn't have the room for us, not to mention then we would have absolutely no say in the budget) it will cost exactly the same amount!
By eqmomof3 (22), EAST QUOGUE on May 22, 13 5:17 PM
When an article like this is locked, I simply go elsewhere for my information and leave your site.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on May 22, 13 8:07 AM
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As is your right. 27east has an equal right to charge for you for their product. Capitalism works that way.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on May 22, 13 8:37 AM
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And I can't put a sentence together.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on May 22, 13 8:47 AM
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I happy to see the shakeup in the elite community of EQ. Nice to see new blood on the BOE board. Quality education doesn't require piercing the tax cap, nor does it mean sending our students to WHB where the tuition is much higher. There is no data in place whereas sending EQ students to WHB provides a better education. Hampton Bays provides a comparable education with diversity among the student population which WHB lacks..............along with a much cheaper price tag.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 10:13 AM
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No data showing a higher quality of education in WHB compared to Hampton Bays? Crusader, I suggest you do a little research on the internet before making such obviously false assertions. Go to one of the many school ranking sites and compare scores. The following is from school diggers:

Westhampton Beach ranks 149 out of 773 high schools, Hampton Bays ranks 399. Southampton is ranked 306.

Rankings are based on the most recently reported test scores. The ranking system for ...more
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on May 22, 13 10:33 AM
I bet Hampton Bays has more social related programs available for those that need it, and more programs for at-risk children. Academic education is not the only thing a school should provide.
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 22, 13 10:45 AM
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I agree with Chief1........if there is such a love affair with the WHB Schools ALL students should attend. Close the EQ Elementary School, the enrollment is declining anyway. No need for the property which was purchased for a possible expansion and it can be sold at a profit. How much would closing the school and sending all students to WHB save the taxpayers of EQ?????
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 10:50 AM
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Miss K, we judge our schools based on academic performance. If WHB is lacking in programs for at-risk students then they should definitely try to improve those offerings and I would happily support that effort, but the quality of their education based on standard ranking criteria is indisputable and they should be given credit for their real and substantial achievements.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on May 22, 13 10:54 AM
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Do you even know the facts as to why they pierced the cap? It was costs outside the schools control. An increase in the number of kids they had to pay tuition for. A greedy nys trying to make up all the money it lost in the markets from the retirement system funds. It's not like they want to put in a football stadium. Pretty sure people who vote yes research what the budget is so they don't look like fools if there are hidden ridiculous costs. Also pretty sure most no votes just vote no without ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 12:01 PM
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Crusader just throws negative comments whenever EQ schools is mentioned. Pretty sure you could write an article about EQ schools finding a cure for a disease and he/she would find a way to say it was too much unnecessary money
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 12:04 PM
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Elite community of East Quogue? Seriously?!?! Last I checked we were predominantly a middle class community, but maybe we became elite the same time our school became a "bottomless pit" that you no longer had need for. OH, and just so you know, that "new blood" you are so glad to see on the BOE was in tears last night when our budget failed. 1 million dollars was CUT from our budget to get it to the level we voted on yesterday. Sadly, more cuts will be made, and our children will suffer. I take ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 22, 13 1:07 PM
Progressnow, it's not a fair analogy to compare the school rankings when the student population is so drastically different. While I truly believe every child has potential, you also have to keep in mind the support a child gets at home. Many of the new Latino parents are not able to sit with their children and help them in english and math. Westampton is almost 90% white, Hampton Bays is less than 50%. Would Westhampton be as high a performing school is you took away 30% of the white kids and ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on May 22, 13 10:34 PM
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Blatantly bigoted point, teach. These are high school students, not first -third graders learning English. There are a number of "Latino" students at WHB that are on the principal's honor roll. Rather than recognize a school and all of its students, you choose to make some silly excuse? Ask yourself why and then think about apologizing to all of those high performing students who don't fit your stereotype.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 22, 13 10:54 PM
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I don't think Teach is bigoted. There are many Hispanic/Latino children that are just coming to this country that are in middle school or high school. "These are high school students, not first -third graders learning English."--Well, even high school students just coming here need to learn English! I work in a school (not EQ, and no, I am not a teacher), and the MAJORITY of our Latino students are ESL students. In general they do not perform as well as other students on State Tests because ...more
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 23, 13 11:20 AM
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Nonsense. Your comment is as bigoted as hers. WHB High School outperforms HB and SHHS. Period. You can make any excuse you'd like, but blaming Latino kids is pure bigotry, no other way around it. Period
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 23, 13 11:28 AM
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I am not "BLAMING" anyone. I am stating facts I see daily in my school. You can take that as you like.
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 23, 13 11:45 AM
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David, that's just silly. Nobody is being bigoted, so please don't try to make it something it's not. Progressnow is throwing around statistics to prove that one school is better than another. Are you trying to say that statistically schools with high percentages of white students don't perform better than schools with high percentages of latino students? It's not about the kids, it's about the ability of the family to provide educational support, for instance, homework help and extra help when ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on May 23, 13 3:07 PM
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Apparently enough of the EQ voters felt that piercing the tax cap was not acceptable. Those in favor did not get the super majority (60%). Chief1 raised the issue of closing the EQ Elementary School and given the inability of the district to rein in costs perhaps that consolidating with WHB SHOULD be on the table. All the pension cost increases were well known over two years ago so that is not a surprise. Bad decisions, such a purchasing property next to the school when enrollment is decreasing ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 4:48 PM
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"How about a surcharge on the homeowners property tax bills for those who have children in the school"

Great logic.
How about we charge fat people more for health insurance?
How about we charge by the pound for garbage pickup?
How about we pay for police protection based on the number of times we dial 911?

You had your say and voted it down. Now the school gets to present something else. That's the process. The thing is, if you let your school district suffer too much ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on May 22, 13 4:55 PM
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Have either you or Chief1 ever considered that consolidation has been considered by our BOE? Westhampton does not want to consolidate!!
You guys should come to some of our BOE meetings and really listen to what is going on. We have a fiscally responsible BOE who has worked very hard at putting together the best budget they can- trying their best to balance the wants of the taxpayers with the needs of the students. The least we all can do as community members is listen to them and educate ...more
By eqmomof3 (22), EAST QUOGUE on May 22, 13 5:27 PM
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The above comment was directed at crusader not double standard. Sorry.
By eqmomof3 (22), EAST QUOGUE on May 22, 13 5:29 PM
Of course they haven't considered that. They sit behind their computers feeling that life has wronged them, never bothering to check facts.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 6:10 PM
Hey bubby, your comments to Chief1 are out of line. Personally attacking a poster in the way you did shows you have no class. Does your wife, a teacher at the EQ Elementary School teach her students to reply to other students this way when they have a dissenting opinion?
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 6:17 PM
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No, my wife does not teach her students that. I'm the rebel in the family.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 8:11 PM
To Bubby
Your wife is a teacher at the EQ Elementary School so your comments come with much bias. The budget vote yes signs that litter EQ along with field day, etc the day of the vote failed this time. I am surprised that the budget did fail. Comments of parents who have children in the school along with teachers dominate these posts. All those have a vested interest in seeing the budget pass do not care for those of us on a fixed income. They have their own agenda. There are many leaving ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 5:10 PM
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Regardless of who my wife is, I am educated enough to know the facts before arguing for or against something. As I stated, these budget increases were in no way east s sole doing and couldn't be helped. my bias because of my wife only allows me to find out all the facts. I pay school taxes in another district, I make sure I know what's in the budget. Fairly certain from your record on these boards that if the budget went up only a dollar you would vote no because that's just who you are.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 6:14 PM
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Bubby if you were educated you would not have made the comments in the manner you did to Chief1. You personally attacked using gutter language showing you have no class. Your wife must be ashamed of you. You can argue a point however not in the manner you did. You validate my opinion that dissenting opinions are met with personal attacks in the EQ community.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 22, 13 7:02 PM
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If you make an asinine remark as chief did, than I will respond in the same manner. Gutter language is just how I roll sometimes. My wife is far from ashamed of me. She finds my sometimes eloquent, sometimes brash manner very attractive.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 22, 13 7:29 PM
The Board of Ed did not purchase the property - The community
VOTED in favor of the district purchasing the property.
By BrownEyes (3), East Quogue on May 22, 13 5:53 PM
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Technically you are right......the voters approved the purchase of the property. The BOE put forth the referendum on the ballot. The need for additional space was allegedly the reason for the purchase. The BOE did not take into account that school population is declining not increasing. A report which was paid for by taxpayers attested to the expected decrease in enrollment, nonetheless the BOE went ahead with putting it on the ballot.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 6:14 AM
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Crusader, are you enrolled in the STAR program? It's thus nifty program that was designed to give a school tax break to seniors, veterans and those on limited incomes. It assures that those of us with children in the school and the means to pay more do so. I really feel sorry for you. It must be awful to be so mad at the world. If I knew who you were I would give you a much needed hug. Better yet, why don't you stop by the Village Green celebration on Sat and hear our wonderful EQ Jazz Band play. ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 22, 13 6:02 PM
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I am enrolled in the STAR program along with many of the parents who have children in the school. With that said, try and live and maintain a home on the income limits needed to qualify for additional aid. Point in fact, the senior citizens whose house the school recently purchased where unable to maintain their home. The taxes ate up most of their income so their house became uninhabitable. Look around EQ, quite a number of seniors with limited income are unable to make the basic repairs to their ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 6:36 AM
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East Quogue parents are not the only ones that will not consider sending our children to Hampton Bays. You can read it for yourself in their budget info. They approached ALL local feeder Elementary schools and there was "NO interest." Even struggling Tuckahoe passed. That should tell you something. I lived in the Hampton Bays school district and MOVED to East Quogue because of the school. My taxes are lower here and my children are reveiving an excellent education. You keep talking about ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 7:20 AM
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You have enough money for a computer and internet service. And seemiingly plenty of time to perhaps get a part time job and afford to vote YES next time :)
By whatsfairisfair (2), Hampton Bays on May 24, 13 8:50 PM
That's an intelligent statement........someone who has worked their whole life now should get a part time job to pay school taxes. How about staying within the tax cap and I may consider voting yes.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 25, 13 8:56 AM
That's the whole ridiculousness of this all. You see the words tax cap, which you never knew existed 2 years ago, and automatically vote no. I bet in the past you have voted yes for more of a budget increase than this year, but since it didn't pierce this silly cap, you didn't think anything of it. Get it? It's flawed.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 25, 13 9:37 AM
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cmac the Superintendent makes $190,124 from the NYS Teacher's Retirement System which includes free health care. He is one of the double dippers who now makes an additional $55,000. Not bad for part time, many people do not make this kind of money and work full time. If the those retired really care about the children they could volunteer their services instead of charging the tax payers more for their services. How many others are double dippers and working part time at the school? By the way, ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 9:15 AM
I don't understand this double dipper comment you keep making. Who cares (besides you) if someone who is retired goes back to work? Wouldn't we pay someone new the same salary? You seriously feel that people who retire from teaching should go back to work for free?!?!? Many teachers are retiring at the request of the districts to save taxpayer money. I am HAPPY that they come back as substitutes. They are grade A teachers who already know our students. These retired teachers get the same pay ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 27, 13 10:51 AM
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Are you are referring to Halsey Stevens who retired from EQ and is now on the BOE of Westhampton Beach Schools? Why am I not surprised that EQ is sending their students to WHB? Why am I not surprised that his wife who also teaches at EQ Elementary was the former head of the NYS Teacher's union at the EQ Elementary? Why am I not surprised at the large teacher raises that were given at the EQ School until recently? Why am I not surprised that EQ has the LOWEST student/teacher ratio of any public ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 11:21 AM
You failed to explain your logic...
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 27, 13 12:01 PM
quid pro quo..............
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 12:43 PM
If those amounts are accurate, that's pretty disturbing.
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 28, 13 10:11 AM
Nice examples of adult discussion for the school kids to follow.
By PBR (4936), Southampton on May 22, 13 6:50 PM
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"Suos cultores scientia coronat"
By Mr. Z (11476), North Sea on May 22, 13 11:23 PM
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The problem PBR is we have a lot of liberals that love the American education system.A group that loves to give choices to Americans. The Liberals love the choice of abortion, and the choice for someone to sit at home and not work. Since the American education system is run by liberals and unions they do not like the choice of Education. The American education system isn't even in the top 20 in the world anymore. Why can't parents make educational decisions for their children? Why can't parents ...more
By chief1 (2745), southampton on May 23, 13 7:36 AM
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It's you that sounds ignorant and close minded. Parents absolutely have a right to do what's best for their child. Youre foolish to think that the majority of the no votes were from parents in the school. I can guarantee you that most came from people like crusader, who no longer has children in the school, and, not enough yes votes from parents whose kids are already in westhampton and dint vote at all because they wrongly assume they aren't affected by east quogues budget anymore. Ad I am ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 23, 13 8:12 AM
Hey Bubby you are doing the EQ Elementary School no favors by inciting EQ residents on this blog. Your comments reflect on your wife who is a teacher at the school. You are an embarrassment to those who want to enter into a debate without resorting to personal attacks which you seem to enjoy. There are many who view this discussion but do not themselves post on this site. You are an ignorant man for calling attention to your wife who teaches at this school. Did you ever think that you are putting ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 10:21 AM
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"You are an embarrassment to those who want to enter into a debate without resorting to personal attacks which you seem to enjoy." WOW!!! If that's not the pot calling the kettle black? You have done NOTHING but bash our school and our community. With not one single FACT to back up your narrow-minded views!
"This small elementary school has become a bottomless pit for those of us who no longer have children in it."
"I happy to see the shakeup in the elite community of EQ"
Could you ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 11:11 AM
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Cmac just said it far more eloquently than I would have. No matter what you are voting no, with no facts as to why, but at least through this debate some people will actually know why the school is doing what it is doing. I hope you have a lovely day.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 23, 13 11:45 AM
Do you have a Southampton Town permit to put up your signs? :)
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 11:55 AM
Do you have a Southampton Town permit for your sign(s)?
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 12:00 PM
cmac why don't you move back to Hampton Bays where you came from? You bashed Hampton Bays schools and moved here. I have been here for more than forty years and have seen many changes in this community. Both the good and bad ones including those at the EQ Elementary School. If you moved here expecting to get a private school education at the EQ Elementary School why are you surprised at the push back from those of us who have no children in the school? Instead of uniting the community including ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 2:21 PM
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Actually, I came from Southampton. I moved here by way of Hampton Bays because the taxes were substantially lower than Hampton Bays and the school is amazing. I met with Mr. Long to tour the school and immediately thought "this is where I want my children to be." I didn't know at the time what the test scores were. It was more impressive to me that Mr. Long cared enough about the students to know every single one of them by name. Every parent I spoke to in the district had nothing but good ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 3:18 PM
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We were actually intelligent enough to call the Town of Southampton before purchasing the signs. I am sorry to ruin your day, but I do not need a permit :-)
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 12:09 PM
I see from a previous post that you consider signage to be litter and wanted it removed by Bridget Fleming after her victory. That might lead one to believe that to be the view of a hypocrite or is just opposing signs that you consider litter?
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 12:31 PM
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The excessive signage that Bridget Fleming's campaign posted was on PUBLIC property. I have a problem with ANY signage that is left on PUBLIC property and in FACT becomes litter for others to clean up. My sign went up on PRIVATE property a week or so before the vote and was removed as soon as the vote was completed (at 9 PM in fact). If you want to post a sign on your PRIVATE property that says VOTE NO I would not have a problem with that. See...it's all in the FACTS :-)
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 12:53 PM
The excessive "vote yes" signs which you and others purchased are IN FACT on PUBLIC PROPERTY, not private. Along the roadway is PUBLIC PROPERTY. In front of your house is PUBLIC PROPERTY unless the signs are set back far enough to be off PUBLIC PROPERTY. Just the facts.........:-) So how about removing all your litter along PUBLIC PROPERTY. By the way in your post to Bridget Fleming you did not state "public" property was your concern when wanting the signage removed. That might lead one to believe ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 1:22 PM
My sign is in fact placed behind my property monument and I believe that makes it private property.
litter: (n) refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped, esp in public places
My sign is not litter so please stop referring to it as such.
Thank You!
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 2:06 PM
cmac in a previous post.
"We were actually intelligent enough to call the Town of Southampton before purchasing the signs......."
If you purchased them YOU are responsible for putting them on PUBLIC property and they should be removed. They are littering the "public roadway." I could care less what you do on your own property, but PUBLIC PROPERTY is my business. Your spin might lead one to believe that to be the view of a hypocrite or is it just opposing viewpoints that you object to? Just ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 2:33 PM
Are you seriously still harping on the signs? Does it really bother you that people actually have the audacity to publicly support our school? The signs, which are allowable by town code will be removed as soon as the budget re-vote takes place. Don't you worry...they will not be left to become litter.
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 23, 13 3:27 PM
Cmac, that's what people who realize they don't have a logical argument do. They harp on ridiculous little points in the hopes you will get frustrated and attack them or just give up. Crusader obviously doesn't know the facts, doesn't know why the cap was pierces, doesn't know anything except is blinded by her hatred of the EQ school.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 23, 13 4:37 PM
But what I do know is the salaries and pensions of those employed at the EQ Elementary School. For those of you who want to know the factual information go to SeeThroughNY. You can find out who is employed at the school by looking at this site. I wonder who the double-dippers are whom receive pensions AND salaries at the EQ School. Just the facts cmac & bubby.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 4:56 PM
While you are on that site, take a look at all the surrounding schools. You will see that EQ is one of the lowest paid districts out here. You may think that the teachers are overpaid, but I can assure you that they make a lot less than their local counterparts. So you only know what you want to know.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 23, 13 5:07 PM
Bubby, I believe you're wrong. I believe crusader has a fairly good idea of the facts but chooses to ignore them to forward her campaign of bitterness against the district. In fact, I believe crusader is a former district employee who was invited not to return a couple of years ago because she could not "work well with others". She then sued on the basis of age and sex discrimination and lost on both accounts and in fact was responsible for the school incurring unnecessary legal expenses. So ...more
By VOS (1219), WHB on May 23, 13 5:09 PM
Don't presume to know who I am, I have never been employed by the EQ School District.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 23, 13 5:48 PM
... the East Quogue budget would have passed had they not razed the recently purchased house next to the school the day before the budget vote.
By William Rodney (546), southampton on May 23, 13 1:40 PM
What does razing the house have to do with anything?
By eqmomof3 (22), EAST QUOGUE on May 23, 13 6:25 PM
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I'd like to know if the budget has ever not passed. If so what were the repercussions? And if the budget has *always* passed, I can only assume it's only gone up each year--is this correct? Has it ever gone down? IF it's passed each year and the budget amount has only gone up each year, there has to be a limit. It is my understanding that enrollment has decreased so why did the cap have to be pierced? You can say they have to pay the tuition for 6th graders to go to WHB Middle School, but ...more
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 24, 13 9:26 AM
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Here are the main factors why the budget had to pierce the cap. Yes, EQ always paid tuition, but for next year, there are around 30 more kids entering 7th grade than there are graduating. So that's 30 more tuition payments than you had this year, at lets round to 30k(because special Ed is a lot more) so that's almost 1 million dollars more than was spent this year. Now, EQ was only piercing the cap by @600,000, so if all student numbers were the same, the cap would not be pierced. Also, out of ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 24, 13 10:28 AM
OK, bubby as far as pension contributions go......when the stock market was good NYS did not take pension contributions from the school districts. Nor, did they take pension contributions from county and local governments. Rather than save the money and put it aside, all spent those monies. Now everyone wants to cry and say the NYS pension contributions have caused their problems with their budgets and that is simply not the case. These are not the same economic times and all must live within a ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 24, 13 10:57 AM
Grasping at any argument you can. I wish you peace. God bless. Namaste. Hakuna matata.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 24, 13 11:05 AM
I thank you for the information. However you only replied to one of my questions. I'd like to hear your opinion on other things I've posted--I feel I've made some valid points and asked some worthwhile questions. That is, if you care to. I will not be able to reply until tomorrow (2 comment limit), but am interested as to your feelings on the other items in my post. Thank you.
By Miss K. (100), East Quogue on May 24, 13 11:11 AM
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I am assuming you mean has the budget failed before? That I don't know. Not in at least 15 years I am pretty sure. Also would imagine that the budget does increase, but that's like everything else. Almost everything I pay for goes up a little.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 24, 13 11:24 AM
Thank you Miss K for stepping up and asking the questions that you did with respect to the EQ Elementary School. Since I've lived here for more than 40 years I can answer your question on whether or not the budget has ever not passed. One time, maybe 20 years ago it failed the 1st time around but passed the 2nd time. Since that time there have been yearly increases ranging from 6 - 12%. I am truly sorry that your child is not getting the services he/she needs and is entitled to. I can't understand ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 25, 13 6:18 AM
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... "on the fence" voters as well as naysayers saw it as a potential capital project being undertaken that might not be needed. It sealed their "no" vote on the way to the voting machine.
By William Rodney (546), southampton on May 24, 13 10:31 AM
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Parents who bemoan the cutting of real day to day educational services should actively oppose the stranglehold the teachers union has in schools. Further, teachers should be outraged that their union has brought the educational system in this country to its knees. When will teachers stand up and initiate change which will in fact help educate the children they are always saying they care so deeply about? The reality is they look out for themselves first. They are not a special breed. Teachers ...more
By Alice (7), Westhampton on May 26, 13 10:41 PM
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Spoken like someone who would never be able to cut it as a teacher.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 8:19 AM
This budget has almost nothing to do with teachers salaries. Educated voters should bemoan the ridiculous tax cap that Albany has imposed. That is what is putting a stranglehold on on the schools.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 8:27 AM
I agree. There were many years that they got double digit raises with little or no opposition. Now times are rough for many and some are forced to sell their homes and more off Long Island. It is not fair to those who have lived here their whole lives. The NYS Teacher's Union has become greedy and only care for themselves.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 9:21 AM
You are so blind to the facts and driven by your hatred of teachers that it is almost amusing. Almost.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 9:36 AM
The budget has everything to do with teachers benefits that we can no longer afford. When I was in school there was no teachers assistants, no assistant superintendent , and only three people in the office.The Southampton district has a whole business office center! Schools need to become effecient, and need to stop wasteful spending . I am a Republican and think our Democratic governor really made the right choice and capped spending. If the union wants a serious conversation on pay it needs to ...more
By chief1 (2745), southampton on May 27, 13 9:50 AM
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Chief, I can't argue with some points about other districts, my argument here is about east quogue. I agree that some other districts spend frivolously. My point is that EQ is one of the lowest paid districts, and half it's budget is tuition payments. Should there be a tax cap? I don't know, traditionally voters will veto something if they think it's unnecessary, but that's where it gets tricky here. East quogue will have an increase of at least 900k in tuition payments next year because more ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 11:43 AM
Yep, more kids are leaving EQ Elementary School for WHB. The enrollment is decreasing in EQ, why do we need so many teachers, teaching assistants, and teachers aides? Salaries, pension costs and medical costs $$$$$$$$$. Student/teacher ratio lowest in comparison to other public schools. Yes, I am in favor of the tax cap.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 12:38 PM
Crusader, you are just making yourself look more foolish and uninformed. It's not more kids leaving eq for whb, it's a bigger class graduating 6th grade and entering whb than the class graduating 12th that EQ pays tuition for. As I've stated numerous times, that is the largest factor in piercing the cap. If the same number went in as graduated, EQ would be below the tax cap. There aren't an abundance of assistants and aides compared to other schools either. Get your facts straight.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 1:39 PM
The fact of the matter is that enrollment in the EQ Elementary School is decreasing.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 1:54 PM
The fact of the matter is you don't want to listen to the facts. I don't know where your anger for teachers comes from, but I hope you find peace someday.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 1:59 PM
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I believe VOS is correct and she's the employee who sued the district and lost. She makes nasty comments on articles you can only find on 27 East by searching East Quogue School. Only a personal vendetta could make someone so bitter.
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 27, 13 2:20 PM
I'm not the one who had their comment removed because it was offensive..........decreased enrollment, lowest student/teacher ratio in a public school in area, needless spending for property, higher pension costs which were known beforehand. High salaries/benefits given the student/teacher ratio. Do you think that just might have something to do with my NO vote?
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 3:04 PM
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By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 4:05 PM
In the past 2 years we have gained an additional 40 students in our little district. That is a fact. Do you know how many special needs students our district services? Do you know how much it costs to service each special needs student? Do you know if our high student/teacher ratio has anything to do with aides/assistants needed for special needs students? Do you care?
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 27, 13 4:37 PM
According to data published in Newsday the student/teacher ratio is 14 to 1. Are you telling me that enrollment is increasing for the EQ Elementary School? If so, the BOE Agenda's do not reflect this change in students who are attending EQ Elementary School. It is my understanding that one Kindergarten class was eliminated this year, is that true or not?
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 5:46 PM
One of my children has 20 students in her class and the other has 22. I am not aware of ANY class with just 14 students. The budget does not just cover the children in the Elementary school it is for ALL of the children in the district and that number has increased by 40 students.
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 27, 13 5:55 PM
The data from Newsday reflects the teachers which are employed by the EQ Elementary School. Maybe they're not being utilized efficiently? How about the elimination of one kindergarten class, is that true?
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 6:23 PM
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By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 6:56 PM
They didn't eliminate a kindergarten class because enrollment went down. They had an extra large number of kindergartners one year, so they needed an extra class, then the next year they created an extra 1st grade class and went back to a smaller number of kindergarten classes. See, if you would take the time to find out the FACTS, maybe you would have a different perspective. Next year they will probably eliminate a first grade class, and with a no vote on the budget, probably will end up ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 27, 13 8:09 PM
Crusader, nothing I or others say will change your opinion that “this small elementary school has become a bottomless pit for those of us who no longer have children in it.” You self admittedly do not attend BOE meetings because you don't want to waste your time listening to “BOE propaganda.” I am done arguing with you. Instead of hiding behind a computer and throwing out random facts and figures I go to meetings and ask questions about why taxes are increasing and what ...more
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 27, 13 8:13 PM
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For the second time budget supporters presume I haven't attended BOE Budget and regular BOE meetings which is not the case. Sitting and listening at meetings then following up with data from SeethroughNY, Newsday, BOE printings and the SHP have provided me with additional facts. Questions were asked, and debate followed which both sides have presented facts and opinions. Seems to me that when valid arguments are made personal attacks ensue. 99% of posters on this site either have children in the ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 28, 13 6:41 AM
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Your main opposition seems to be that the BOE pierced the cap while other districts didn't. Have you noticed that MANY of those districts received a significantly higher increase than EQ was asking for?
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 28, 13 6:58 AM
Crusader, you have made as many personal attacks towards the EQ school as a whole as I have towards you. Salaries are not taboo, ive been happy to present you with the facts about EQ being one of the lowest paid districts in the area. You just choose to ignore . Asking about existing staff also is not taboo. You are blind to everything anyone has said in defense of the school, all you see are the words piercing the cap, and you have proven through your arguments that you truly do not have a grasp ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 28, 13 8:49 AM
My critique was not aimed at a particular person, but rather the system as a whole in the EQ School District. Your attacks were personal in nature, that is the difference. EQ has one elementary school, how many other schools districts have JUST ONE? I believe there is a conflict on interest wherein a former retired teacher and now BOE member votes on issues pertaining to the EQ Elementary School. His subs and his wife is also a teacher, nonetheless I am sure I will be attacked for my belief. It ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 28, 13 9:08 AM
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Crusader, c'mon. You have to see that your arguments are getting more and more out there. Now you think it's wrong for a teacher to vote on a budget in the district they live in? And actually, you've attacked me personally in quite a few of your posts, but I guess what's good for you isn't good for me. You actually came at me before I attacked you, for saying something to another poster. Oh, and how about wainscott, Quogue, springs, and tuckahoe. They only have one school in their districts. ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 28, 13 9:42 AM
Seriously Bubby if your wife doesn't like her $75,000 a year job with full benefits working 200 days a year she can quit. There will be 700 applications the next day to fill her job. The teaching profession is overloaded with out of work teachers and for you to complain about her compensation is ludicrous.People are losing their jobs in this country and teachers have the nerve to think that they should get raises.It is time to close the small schools and consolidate the resources with larger district
By chief1 (2745), southampton on May 28, 13 10:04 AM
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Chief, you are as uninformed as crusader. Your statements about teachers working 200 days a year is beyond ignorant. No one is complaining about compensation, that's not at all what this argument is about. Stop looking for places to interject your beliefs if you don't know what you are talking about. EQ teachers took a pay freeze last year to help out. No one is crying for more compensation. Your answer to everything is close it down. Close down the schools. Close down the local police ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on May 28, 13 10:24 AM
The individual in question lives in WHB and is on the BOE for WHB and is not eligible to vote on the EQ budget. Both he and his wife are employed in the EQ district. He is retired from EQ school district and works part time at the EQ Elementary School and his wife is employed full time. It is my opinion that any vote he makes while a BOE member of WHB which pertains to the EQ district is a conflict of interest. I believe I made this clear in an earlier post. I stand corrected on other districts ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 28, 13 10:31 AM
So he's not voting in EQ. And he's had a child in whb, of course he should be able to vote. Again you are ignoring the facts of why the cap was pierced. Obviously you will never admit you are not right, I'm getting bored with you. I've presented all the facts, you've presented none pertinent to this budget.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 28, 13 11:11 AM
If you went to an EQ BOE meeting you would know that the WH BOE doesn't set our tuition. It is set using the Seneca Falls formula. Halsey Stevens doesn't make decisions about EQ...the EQ BOE does that. Your above view is once again an opinion with no facts to back it up!
By cmac (180), East Quogue on May 28, 13 11:16 AM
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I am well aware of the Seneca Falls formula and the lawsuit which was filed to collect overpayment to WHB. I am also aware that the EQ BOE makes decisions for EQ. My point was and is that any discussions/negotiations/agreements/contracts involving the EQ BOE and WHB BOE are a conflict of interest if this individual participates. Am I being clear enough? One might view any such involvement between the two districts questionable if this is happening.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 28, 13 12:02 PM
Thank you SHP for removing the offensive comments which were made on this blog.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 27, 13 6:22 AM
This coming from the woman who recommends reading Bill O'Reilly as an educational tool!
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on May 28, 13 8:27 AM
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Thanks for the compliment.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 28, 13 9:09 AM
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Websites are private property. Freedom of speech does not apply.
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